DOHA, Qatar – No.8 seed Angelique Kerber and No.10 seed Johanna Konta set up an intriguing third-round clash at the Qatar Total Open with a pair of straightforward victories over two players with a strong career pedigree in Doha on Wednesday.
Kerber defeated 2012 Doha runner-up Samantha Stosur to close out the day’s play on Court 1, 6-4, 6-1, in 59 minutes.
“I think the weather conditions were a little bit strange and tricky today. It was really windy. The sun was a little bit on court. At the end, I think it was for both of us like that,” Kerber said. “I’m happy about the first round. I mean the first rounds are always tricky, especially for me, so that’s why I think that it was a good match, good start of the tournament for me.”
Earlier, Konta handled windy conditions admirably to see off 2016 champion Carla Suárez Navarro, 6-2, 6-2 in 81 minutes.
“I think conditions were just as tricky yesterday…however, it’s quite unpredictable and it swirls around and doesn’t always blow the same way,” Konta told WTA Insider after the match. “On the outside courts…it’s a challenge but everyone’s facing it so most importantly is to just go out there, not to expect to play a pretty match as just get on with it and keep fighting.
“I’m feeling good…so far, I’ve had two straight-set matches. They weren’t easy by any means but court-time wise, it hasn’t been super long. I feel like I’m recovering well between the matches and am just looking forward to the next one.”
There was other seeded success on Wednesday for No.9 seed Julia Goerges, who dropped the second set against Barbora Strycova only to advance in three, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1.